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Upcoming Leisure Learning Courses

Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center for the Arts invites you to participate in an educational experience in beautiful Northern New Mexico. These classes, designed by expert instructors for inquiring adults, invite you to explore the art, culture, and recreational experiences that multi-cultural Northern New Mexico offers. Classes may combine lecture, discussion, hands-on activities, and visits to local sites.

Find details below about the upcoming courses

For further information on courses, contact:
Carol Moder at or 405.612.8295
Hollye Goddard at or 602.465.1644


Course cost: $600 | Early Enrollment Special: $550 for those enrolling before March 30, 2018.
Refund policy: Cancellations made before June 1 may receive a refund. However, we will retain a $50 fee for processing. Cancellations made after June 1 will not be eligible for a refund. 


Classes are on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday as a free day. 
Course fees will include lunch on selected days. 


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Fantastic Visions of the Southwest
What do Conan the Barbarian, the Cthulhu Mythos, talking sea serpents, and indigenous revolution have to do with Taos? The authors who created those stories - Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Charles G. Finney, and Leslie Marmon Silko – also created fantastic stories of the landscape and peoples in and around New Mexico, stories that are the subject of this course. This course will provide an introduction to writers and works whose influence on contemporary fantasy is widespread and profound. We will examine fantastic visions of the American West and Southwest by modern and contemporary writers from both outside and within the region.  


About the Instructor
Tim Murphy holds a PhD in English from UCLA. From 1998 to 2013, he was professor of English and general editor of the scholarly journal Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture at the University of Oklahoma. He came to Oklahoma State as the inaugural Houston-Truax-Wentz Professor of English in 2013, and was named Regents Professor of English in 2016. He is the author of several books and numerous journal articles. He teaches regularly in the areas of modern and contemporary literature, experimental fiction, science fiction and fantasy literature, and the history of literary criticism and theory.

Art and Devotion in Spanish New Mexico
Explore the art and culture of Spanish New Mexico. The course examines the region’s rich history of devotional art—painting, sculpture, and architecture—and considers the lasting importance of this visual and religious culture for present-day communities. Our location in Taos allows for on-site study of local churches (Taos, Las Trampas, Talpa, and Chimayó), collections, and artists. An added visit to Santa Fe provides a dynamic intellectual and cultural experience at the Palace of the Governors, Saint Francis Cathedral, the Church of San Miguel, and Museum Hill. Excursions and discussions comprise each day. 


About the Instructor
Cristina Cruz Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago.  She is an Associate Professor of Art History at Oklahoma State University, specializing in the art of New Spain. She has published widely and has lectured extensively at universities and museums. In 2016, she was a Hargis Fellow at the DRCA, where she worked on her book manuscript, Art, Identity, and Salvation in Viceregal Mexico.

Geology in Taos
Learn about geology from the valley floor of the Rio Grande Rift and the exquisite scenery of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The Taos area is famous for its complex geological history ranging in age from 1.7 billion years to present. This course will introduce you to the geology of Taos and the surrounding region through hands-on exploration of rocks, minerals, fossils, and geologic structures. Participants should anticipate walking up to a mile over uneven terrain.  


About the Instructor
Deborah Ragland holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science with emphasis in Geology from Oklahoma State University. Following university studies, she worked for Conoco Inc., Westport Technology International, and Phillips Petroleum as consulting geologist and Senior Geologist/Petrologist. She has taught geology at UNM-Taos for many years and has led numerous geological field trips for lifelong learners.

Flyfishing - Beginning & Intermediate
Beginners will learn about the skills and equipment needed to become a fly fisherman- basics of the fly rod and reel, fly casting, pond and stream ecology, matching the hatch (identifying what fly to use when), knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations and safety. Intermediates will have a review of skills. Both groups will get the chance to put their skills to the test in local ponds, lakes or rivers.


About the Instructor
Marc Harrell has spent 10 years fly fishing northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. He has fished every river, stream and lake in the region and enjoys teaching beginners and more experienced anglers.

Pueblo & Spanish Cooking in New Mexico
What makes the food of New Mexico distinctive? The blending of the traditional food of the Pueblos with the later influences of the Spanish.  Learn about these historical influences on New Mexico food and cook contemporary New Mexico recipes.  Hands on experiences will include traditional Pueblo feast day cooking with Norma Naranjo at Okay Owingeh Pueblo and contemporary Spanish influenced cooking with Chris Maher at Cooking Studio Taos.  


About the Instructor
Carol Moder is the Ann & Burns Hargis Professor & Director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts.  She has been a professor in the TESL/Linguistics Program at Oklahoma State University since 1986. She has conducted research and taught Food Studies at OSU and at the DRCA.

From Plant to Paper
In this four-day workshop participants will learn the basics of making paper by hand from local plant materials, then use those papers to create unique, one of a kind soft and hardcover pamphlet stick books. Engaging in the paper making process, especially when using local New Mexico plant fibers, allows people to experience a magical material transformation while learning about plants and a new art form simultaneously.  


About the Instructor
Megan Singleton is a practicing artist and educator located in St. Louis, Missouri. Her ecology-based work crisscrosses the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, installation, and digital applications.  She received her MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University and holds an adjunct position at Saint Louis University, teaching Fiber Arts. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist Fellowship at the DRCA in Taos, NM. She has taught engaging community workshops in varied locales.

Course cost: $400 | Early Enrollment special: $350 for those enrolling before July 15, 2018.
Refund policy: Cancellations made before September 1 may receive a refund. However, we will retain a $50 fee for processing. Cancellations made after September 1 will not be eligible for a refund. 


Classes will meet Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (Oct 4, 5, and 6). Most courses will meet at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos, NM. Course fee includes lunch.


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The Art of Metal Work
Interested in learning how to use metal as an artistic medium? This workshop will cover the basic use of a plasma torch in the design and fabrication of metal art pieces, as well as the safety precautions necessary in these practices. After the initial lessons, students will create their own project, based on either the culture or scenery of Taos. There will be field trips to local galleries and parks to explore possible inspirations. 


About the Instructor
Lisa Regan is a self-taught metal sculptor, and the owner of Garden Deva Sculpture Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to creating pieces over her own, Lisa has been teaching metalwork classes in her studio for over ten years. Lisa has taught dozens of students from all over the country the techniques and art behind metal sculpting and fabricating. Lisa uses a plasma torch to cut designs in various types of metal. She bends, rolls, and welds the metal to produce art with the goal of connecting people to playful, fun energy, following the belief that a joyous spirit leads to a happier life.

Plein Air Printing
Join us for a three day printmaking workshop at the lovely Doel Reed Center for the Arts where we will take our easels outside to get inspiration from the beautiful Taos scenery. Using Doel Reed’s studio as our base, we will create monoprints, study color theory and discuss art history. All skill levels welcome.  


About the Instructor
Suzanne Wiggin
 was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Taos, New Mexico forty years ago.  Taos Valley has had a profound impact on her artistic vision.  The land with its storms and clear light is the focus of her paintings and monotypes.  Her education includes a Masters of Fine Arts from Boston University and a Bachelor of Art Education from the University of New Mexico.  Her work has been exhibited widely and is represented by Winterowd Fine Art of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Art of Fused Glass
Create beautiful glass pendants, bracelets, night lights, and ornaments. Learn the science of glass and methods for cutting and fusing glass.  Experiment with color, shape, and types of glass.  A great opportunity to create your own distinctive works. 


About the Instructor
Diane Harris is from Muskogee Oklahoma and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a BS in Computer Science in 1982 and a Masters of Education with emphasis in Art History from University of Central Oklahoma in 2005. Since 2001, she has studied warm and fused glass, taught workshops for children and adults, and created innovative works of fused glass art.  She has lived in Taos since 2010 and participates in Art & Fine Craft shows in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico.  She shows her work in Ammann Gallery in Taos.